Archives For Music

Before I get started with the music, I want to apologize to those who have been expecting an update on my road trip. The government shutdown sent me back home (despite being on the road for 11 days, I was only 10 hours from home) to await the reopening of the National Parks. I will be posting about my first 11 days later this week, including some awesome shots of Niagara Falls. I resume my trip next week, but with an altered route.

A blog with only old posts is useless, so I am now revisiting my blogging schedule and bringing my editorial calendar out of retirement. I am behind publishing book and audiobook reviews and have a number of other posts in the works, so expect things to change this week.

Now, to the music…

Still by Hillsong

Days of Elijah by Judy Jacobs

Today Is The Day by Lincoln Brewster

Be Unto Your Name by Hillsong

Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus) by Chris Rice

In Christ Alone (I Stand) by Owl City

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman

I Have Decided – Elevation Worship

Here I Am To Worship – Hillsong

Be Lifted High – Elevation Worship

Featuring The Heart of Worship, Mighty to Save, Thy Word, and more!

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Happy Easter! This week’s selection of worship music includes The Wonderful Cross, Saved the Day, and others!

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It happened like this: I woke up at my new normal wake-up time (5am) on January 2 ready to start my first workday of 2013 on the right foot. I read my morning devotions, spent a few minutes in prayer (too few, I admit), and replied to a couple of emails. Then I headed downstairs for breakfast and a shower. Everything was seemingly going very well, but there was this one problem: I couldn’t get Straight No Chaser’s The Christmas Can-Can out of my head. You see, my family’s annual Christmas get-together with some family friends had taken place on Sunday, so we had been playing Christmas music from my iPod most of the day. This lead to me humming Sara Groves’ Toy Packaging all day on Monday and Tuesday. One might think that The Christmas Can-Can was an improvement and one might be right, but this simply would not do for my internal playlist for the first workday of 2013. On top of that, I couldn’t endure another day of a one-song internal playlist. Not. At. All.

So, in between donning articles of clothing, I created a new playlist on my iPod for my morning commute. It featured a selection of mostly up-tempo songs, many secular, that I felt would get me in the right “take no prisoners” mood for the day. My goal: world domination. In one day. Sweet. To the end of this list, I appended various songs that I found along the way and thought, “Oh, that would help me get Christmas music out of my head as well.”

But God. I have a client who loves to repeat that phrase. But God. It’s found throughout scripture:

“You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to . . . save many people alive” (Gen. 50:20)

“Their beauty shall be consumed in the grave . . . . But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave” (Ps. 49:14-15)

“My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:26)

(Thanks to Julie Ackerman Link for the references)

Well, on January 2 I had a “but God” experience. I got in my car, hit play on my iPod, and hit the road. First up, We Are Young by Fun. Now, if you suddenly find yourself rolling on the floor laughing about the fact that We Are Young would be featured on the playlist previously described, enjoy. I will not apologize nor explain. I refuse. Ahem. What song I was expecting next I will not say, but it turns out that I had left Shuffle turned on after Sunday’s 12 hours of Christmas cheer. Consequently, my iPod pulled a song from near the end of the playlist, Ginny Owens’ I Am. Next, a TobyMac song. TobyMac certainly has a “take no prisoners” vibe – I mean, look at his name – but the particular song chosen was City On Our Knees. Then, another Ginny Owens song. After that, TobyMac’s Hold On. Then another TobyMac.

Somewhere in here, the tears started flowing. You see, I set out to conquer the day on my own. My playlist was all about embracing the moment, taking control, pushing ahead, and leaving everyone else in the dust. But God. He used my iPod’s Shuffle technology to send me a better message for the day. Embrace the moment, yes, but with a different purpose in mind and following Someone Else’s beat. Thank you, Lord.

How about you? How has God used music (or other randomness) to correct your path?

A selection of worship music, including Give Us Clean Hands, Unashamed Love, God of Wonders and Agnus Dei, A New Hallelujah, and He Reigns.

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The Heart of Worship – Matt Redman

You Raise Me Up – Selah

In Christ Alone – Travis Cottrel

Here I Am to Worship – Michael W. Smith

Shout to the Lord – Darlene Zschech

I Give You My Heart – Hillsong (Featuring Holly Dawson)

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – Michael W. Smith

This week’s Sunday Morning Worship consists of the music we are singing at my church this morning.

Come, Now is the Time to Worship – Phillips, Craig & Dean

You are Holy (Prince of Peace) – Michael W. Smith

Ancient of Days – Ron Kenoly

Above All – Michael W. Smith

Your Grace Still Amazes Me – Phillips, Craig and Dean

For this week’s Sunday Morning Worship, I’ve selected seven songs that have been on my mind this week. May you be blessed as I have been.

Saved the Day (by Phillips, Craig & Dean)

Revelation Song (by Kari Jobe)

Your Grace Still Amazes Me (by Phillips, Craig & Dean)

By His Wounds (by Mac Powell and company)

Mercy Came Running (by Phillips, Craig & Dean)

The More I Seek You (by Kari Jobe)

Midnight Cry (by All Star Choir)

PS Sorry that this week’s selections are skewed toward two artists.

Good morning! Today I’m launching a new weekly feature for my blog, Sunday Morning Worship. Each week I will choose a handful of worship-centered songs, find YouTube videos, and include them in a blog post. Below are the songs that are speaking to me this week.

Filled With Your Glory

Be Thou Near to Me

Great Light of the World

Mighty to Save

Never Been Unloved

Testify to Love

Bless the Broken Road

Not a worship song? I beg to differ.